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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Other games
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:06:35 AM »
Case of shoulda woulda coulda, but I really think we missed a golden opportunity to really do an amazing thing. Kentucky will play 9th seed Kansas and then will play winner of Loyola and Nevada. We would have been close to 50/50 the rest of the way. Final Four was there. That is crazy.

Man, only if some of those 3s didn’t clank off the rim. Ahhh.

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I’m still not sure what I just witnessed with Kentucky.  Maybe I’m giving Buffalo too much credit but Kentucky looks legit. I basically saw this game as a 12 vs 5 but that was not a 5 seed. They looked like one of the best teams in the tourney. They did not make any freshmen mistakes. I thought if we made a run which we did in the second half they would make mistakes. They didn’t.  They kept coming. They were relentless. 

One thing I realized watching these games: if we want to hang with these guys, we might need to learn some zone. Our identity is man, but we might need to switch things up once in a while. I don’t think it would have mattered because Kentucky was really good. I would guess that was a very good game from them. We needed them to play average and unfortunately they had it going.

Clark is going to be hard to replace. We might not need him to win the MAC, but boy did he carry us tonight. Without him, I think we lose by 40.

I really also hope Smart will come back. You need big bodies against these p5 teams.

Perkins needs to alter his shot. I’m really surprised that he’s still shooting the same way from outside. He either needs to add more arc or he should not shoot those late in games. I know he hit a big one in the MAC tourney. I hate to say it but that was one of those no no no yes.


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Wow, those guys were athletic.

Gabriel hitting threes was a killer.
After Clark got hurt, he was just not the same. And I think he ran out of gas. Going to really miss him. He was so good.

I thought we could keep them in front but they were just too good.

Great job by Caruthers who kept Knox in check. The other kids killed us.

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Clark keeping us in this.
Man he hasn’t been with us long but I love him.

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Gotta stop that initial dribble drive. Can’t help.

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Amazing win.
Both women and men do something we’ve never done before. All in 2 days.

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Wow just like that.
UB 58 USF 44
Need to stay composed here.

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UB finishes half with a flourish. Up by 4.

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Reid moving well.  That's good.
UB missing shots early.

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4 hours to go.

Should be a good one.
I have not watched Kentucky all year except for a little of the Davidson game at the end.

From what i know of Coach Calipari's system of dribble drive motion, the key to stopping their offense is that initial drive.  Well if that's the case, we are really setup well for this game.  Davonte Jordan is one of the best on the ball defenders I've seen.  He's always, sitting down and always does a great job of staying in front of his man.  It's almost like he's a fencer (used to fence in HS).  Not only do we have Jordan, but we also have Caruthers who is a slightly different style of defender, but just as effective.  Not sure who's the better defender.  Both are outstanding.

Against Arizona, we had some really bad defensive breakdowns.  In that sense I do think we're lucky that we came away with the win.  Arizona forced us to double Ayton which UB is not used to doing.  This led to a lot of confusion.  I don't think we will double against Kentucky today.  We're just not good at it.  The key will be Harris against Knox.  Knox, who I'll be watching closely (Knicks potential pick at 8, although he's dropped recently on many boards) hopefully gets tired himself chasing Harris around.

Harris has been playing amazingly.  His confidence must be sky high because he took Ayton off the dribble several times and even had a step back jumper.  I think I underestimated Harris and if he can continue to play at this level, he'll certainly be in discussions for potential NBA talks for next year.

Wes Clark is playing the best ball of the year and from his previous stats at Mizzou, his whole career.  He's just unstoppable right now because his mid range jumper is working.  And he's even driving and laying the ball up with his left hand in traffic.  That takes a lot of confidence.

We'll need to feed Perkins inside and will need to get the team in foul trouble.  It'll be key not to let Kentucky into to the bonus in the 2nd half.  These bonus free throws usually lead to wins and it'll be key to limit the fouls while getting into the bonus first.

We can definitely win and I am really looking forward to this game as always.  We have nothing to lose.  Time to Go!

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Other games
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:35:35 PM »
Wow Virginia just lost.
Not looking past Kentucky but.

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Just as an aside, nothing irritates me more than a UB grad who has passion for like an Ohio State or Syracuse but treats UB as their second team.  What did these schools do for you?  Nothing.  These schools do not care about you.  Why do you give your allegiance to them when you went to a different school.  I just can't understand it.  It annoys me when I see them get excited on facebook but not for Buffalo.  Really annoys me.  Sorry for the rant.

BTW, when we complain about lack of community support, aren't we largely going for this?  we want people who have no real ties to the school and might have gone elsewhere to have a passion for the program, no?  :P
Yes you are right.  I think my point came out wrong.  We need both students, community and alumni and staff to be supporting the school.  What I really meant to say .... or what I really am railing against is apathy. 

I love fans of Buffalo whether you went to the school or live in Buffalo or just like Buffalo for no reason. I am just going after those that are totally apathetic to what UB is doing.  I think it was more prevalent in the late 80s and 90s.  It's different today, but 90s is when I went to UB.  That was a lost decade of future alumni engagement with lots of apathy and negativity (UB students doing sarcastic UB chants).  That's really the gist of my comment.  Believe me, students would not have gone to UB games with cowbells or jumped on folding tables back then.

Again, my words just came out all wrong.  Sorry to those that were not students or alumni.  Apologies for my inability to communicate my true thoughts.  I'm an engineer.

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Just as an aside, nothing irritates me more than a UB grad who has passion for like an Ohio State or Syracuse but treats UB as their second team.  What did these schools do for you?  Nothing.  These schools do not care about you.  Why do you give your allegiance to them when you went to a different school.  I just can't understand it.  It annoys me when I see them get excited on facebook but not for Buffalo.  Really annoys me.  Sorry for the rant.

i love me some 'cuse.  they were pretty local, i grew up watching them,and my earliest memories of college sports are of syracuse basketball, from when i was a wee child.  not sure why i wouldn't continue to root for them because i didn't go there. 

as for the schools not caring for me, nope, they don't.  neither does ub, in any real sense.
Not judging something like a local school you grew up watching or supporting. It's just the over the top passion for a school that you really have a very loose connection to that annoys me.  More so because it's the team en vogue.

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We are seeing the fruit of the vision for why UB needs a successful Athletics program.  I can't stress how important this is.

From time to time, you get those officers in Alumni Engagement or Academia (all from UB) on why Athletics is just a waste of money.  No amount of study or research can actually quantify it.  Plus, I really think those that do the study always are biased against it and will use data to prove their point.  I can't remember the name, but there was someone (I think it was the guy in charge of Alumni Association) basically explain to me that all studies point to Athletics being a money loser and how it takes away from Academics.  Needless to say, he would annoy the heck out of me.

Here are things you just can't quantify. 

- It brings old friends together.  I have some good friends from my college days.  We get together from time to time.  Try to do yearly camping trip with the families at one of the guys lake house.  Athletics just bonds us so much closer.  It really strengthens our friendship.  Perhaps that's shallow, but it's just a us against them attitude and it just brings us closer together and we just want to hang out more.

- It creates new connections.  You start talking to people and then you discover that you both went to UB.  I just spoke to someone in the hallway and I had no clue he was a UB grad.  Now we just have this connection and I immediately like him.  Strange I know.  I can't explain it.  I can't quantify it.  What can I say?

- Brand Recognition.  There is a colleague of mine that wants his daughter to attend UB but she obviously doesn't.  She's from Westchester.   I live in a pretty wealthy neighborhood in Westchester and the kids usually do not think about tuition.  Or they do not want it to be part of the equation in choosing a school.  I know it's wrong and all, it's just where I live.  Most goto private schools.  I can wear my UB gear and feel proud.  I can even dress my kids in UB gear and they won't feel outcasted.  (I know, shallow, but it is the world we live in).

- How many of us suffered the condescending or the sarcastic tone from our friends?  Let's be honest.  I have endured it.  "You guys play D1"?  Oh you made the tourney?  Congrats (but not a excited congrats, more like a snickering one).  UB, ok, I went to Penn State or Ohio State or fill in any other big school.  Nothing is really said, but somehow them rooting for a big time program is more worthy of their time and energy.  Rooting for a small school is an exercise in futility. 

Just as an aside, nothing irritates me more than a UB grad who has passion for like an Ohio State or Syracuse but treats UB as their second team.  What did these schools do for you?  Nothing.  These schools do not care about you.  Why do you give your allegiance to them when you went to a different school.  I just can't understand it.  It annoys me when I see them get excited on facebook but not for Buffalo.  Really annoys me.  Sorry for the rant. 

For one night, it just felt so good.  Getting in was one thing.  But actually winning and beating a top team.  I just can't describe what it did to all those years of pain and suffering. 

I just want to say, thank you to the administrators, President Trapathi, President Greiner, Danny White, Warde Manuel, Kathy Twist and anyone and everyone who continues to believe in the value of Athletics. 

If you also have some stories, please share.  Let's let the administration know how important it is to continue to support our Athletics program.

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General Discussion / UBfan.com - your feedback is needed
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:32:05 PM »
To all those that have been here all this time.  Thanks for sticking around. 

To those that are just coming back.  Welcome back.

Since I have you all here in one place, I would like to ask for some feedback.

UBfan.com was started almost 18 years ago.  It was meant to be a place for fans to gather online.  Technology has changed.  We are not engaging in long dialogues as much anymore.  Statements and arguments are made in 140 characters.  So times have changed. 

I would like your feedback on how to make UBfan.com more relevant for the fan community.  We are not here to replace facebook or twitter, but perhaps there's a way for us to still have an online presence where all the fans can congregate.

Please leave your suggestions here.  I'm interested in hearing why you don't visit as much, what can be improved, what ubfan.com needs to do to stay relevant.  The biggest issue for the site is that students are no longer using bulletin boards to communicate anymore.  I think it's a generational thing and they prefer to hit short one liners on facebook and twitter, but we still need a way to get that demographic into the fandom community.

Secondly, I would also like to get some volunteers to help out.  Some possible areas could be:
 - Student liaison
 - Maybe a social person (twitter or facebook liaison)
 - Help with moderating
 - Writing feature articles from time to time.  Game previews, player interviews, game summaries.
 - Help with designing the new look.

Jeseph has already reached out to me about some of these ideas.  So perhaps we can form a group.  The whole goal is to promote UB from a fan perspective.  It's always about promoting UB athletics from a grassroot effort.  I do not want some corporate entity to become the place for where true Buffalo fans gather.

Thanks for reading.

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